Earlier this month we met an owl who’d been given his own library card at a university in England. Today we’d like to introduce you to a scholarly feline named Bubba who spends as much time as he can at Leland High School and Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose, CA. Bubba doesn’t actually live at the school, he lives in a house next door with Amber Marienthal and her family. But you wouldn’t know it, because whenever the school is open Bubba is over there attending class, roaming the halls, and snoozing in the library. He’s spent so much time at the school over the years that administrators have given Bubba his very own student ID card.
The family initially tried to make Bubba an indoor cat, but he let them know loudly and often that he was unhappy in his confinement. Their home sits behind both Leland and Bret Harte Middle School, and Bubba became a frequent visitor to both campuses. Marienthal says she still gets calls from staff and students who see him on campus and think he’s lost.
Marienthal says she’s gotten no complaints from staff or students at either school about Bubba prowling the campuses. Her main worry is that Bubba has come close to shaving off one of his nine lives on several occasions. She’s seen him lay down on Leland’s soccer field in the middle of practice and wait for one of the players to pet him.
“He waits for school to start, and he doesn’t come home until all the sports are done,” Marienthal says. “As long as he’s alive, I think he’ll hang out at the school.”
Marienthal hopes the school will invite Bubba to put on a graduation cap and gown and walk with the graduating class of 2017, who’ve been at the schools since Bubba first started attending. We hope they do and that they award him a World’s Best Cat Trophy and a Perfect Attendance certificate.